Monday, October 24, 2005

Antibacterial soap offers no protection, but it might give you cancer

A new report by the FDA Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee reveals that antibacterial soap does not protect against infection any better than ordinary soap and water.

From the MedpageToday article:
"Bacteria are not going to be destroyed," said Stuart B. Levy, M.D., director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts in Boston testified. "They've seen dinosaurs come and go," he noted. "They will be happy to see us come and go. Any attempt to sterilize our homes is fraught with failure."

So just what benefits do antibacterial soaps provide? Well, they dose you with toxic chloroform, and they help breed drug-resistant super diseases.

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